40 Interesting facts about Peru

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Considered the best surfing location in the world, creators of all the weaving technique that exists and having Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world, Peru is a country that is definitely one to check out. Find more interesting facts about Peru in this list.

1. Peru’s name was a product of mispronunciation of the word ‘Pelu’ which means a river.

2. The official name of Peru is the Republic of Peru.

3. Peru is the third largest country in South America with an area of 1,285,216 Km2.

Peru is the third largest country in South America with an area of 1´285,216 Km2.
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4. There is a tradition during New Year’s Eve that is to gift a yellow underwear.

5. Peru’s Independence Day is celebrated on July 28th and is also known as ‘Fiestas Patrias.’

6. Peru is the best surfing location in the world.

Peru is the best surfing location in the world.
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7. Peru shares borders with Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, and Bolivia.

8. There are over 3,000 diverse varieties of potatoes grown in Peru.

9. The National University of San Marcos is the oldest university in Peru founded in 1551.

The National University of San Marcos is the oldest university in the Peru founded in the year 1551.
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10. The United Nations declared Peru as the largest producer of cocaine in the world in 2013.

11. The largest flying bird on Earth, “The Andean condor” can be found in Peru.

12. Peru is ranked as the sixth largest producer of gold.

Peru is ranked as the sixth largest producer of gold.
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13. Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake located with an elevation of 11,436 feet.

14. Peru’s Cotahuasi Canyon is the world’s second deepest Canyon.

15. Peru produces more than 55 varieties of corn in a different range of colors.

Peru produces more than 55 varieties of corn with the different range of colors.
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16. Peru is the eleventh largest producers of coffee in the world.

17. Peru holds the world record for birds seen in one place and also the maximum number seen in a single day.

18. Pisco sour is Peru’s national drink.

The Pisco sour is Peru’s national drink.
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19. Peru’s national animal is the Vicuna.

20. The Amazon River is the world longest river and it starts in Peru.

21. Peru is home to the highest sand dune in the world.

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22. Mt. Huarascan is the highest point in Peru.

23. Royal Moche tombs were discovered at Sipan on the northern coast of Peru in 1989.

24. Peru’s national dance is the coquettish marinara.

Peru’s national dance is the coquettish marinera.
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25. Every weaving technique known today have been invented by the Peruvians.

26. Peru’s population was 31,586,106 as of 1 January 2016.

27. The oldest newspaper in South America was founded in Lima in 1825.

The oldest newspaper in South America was founded in Lima in 1825.
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28. Bullfighting is a popular sport in Peru.

29. Peruvian Coati Dung Coffee is the most expensive in the world.

30. Peru is home to the world’s tallest flowering plant called Puya Raimondii.

Peru is home to the world’s tallest flowering plant called Puya raimondii.
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31. Chili sauce and hot spices were banned from prison food in Peru in 1973.

32. Camu-Camu is a fruit that grows in the Amazon rainforest of Peru and Brazil and has the highest Vitamin C concentration as compared to any food.

33. The guinea pig is a traditional meal that Peruvians eat.

The guinea pig is a traditional meal that Peruvians eat.
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34. Lima is the capital city of Peru.

35. There are three official languages in Peru are Quechua,  Aymara, and Spanish.

36. Pedro Paulet was a Peruvian who invent the first modern rocket propulsion system.

Pedro Paulet was a Peruvian who invent the first modern rocket propulsion system.
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37. Peru has the second largest portion of the Amazon forest after Brazil.

38. The currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol.

39. The Lost City of Machu Picchu is one of the most famous landmarks in Peru and one of the 7 wonders of the world.

The Lost city of Machu Picchu is one of the most famous landmarks in Peru.
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40. Fishing and mining are the main sources of employment in Peru.

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